Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 1 in Salt Lake City - At the FHL

You've probably been wondering if I've been kidnapped by rogue geneabloggers, or got locked into the Family History Library overnight, or worse.

Linda and I arrived on Tuesday evening - we flew from San Diego to Las Vegas and then on to Salt Lake City.  We arrived after 6 p.m. and were in the hotel by 7 p.m.  We quickly adjourned to the restaurant, and joined Schelly Dardashti (from New Mexico), and Heather and Vincent Rojo (from New Hampshire) for dinner at the hotel restaurant.  Daniel Horowitz joined us after awhile, and then it was off to the hotel bar where two groups of genies were discussing the events of the day.  I sat with Thomas MacEntee's group - Sheri Fenley, Jane Halderman, Amy Coffin, Kim Cotton, Lisa Alzo, Jill and Robert Ball.  There were lots of good's fun being with my geneablogging colleagues.  Here's Sheri and Thomas surprised by the snap:

Today, I made it to the Family History Library with my 60-odd item to-do list.  I think I completed about 10 items...and some of those were failures.  It always takes longer to find the information on a specific film, then go make an image copy of the record on the microfilm reader/computer system than I think it should.  A 15 minute task turns into 30 minutes, I can't find the record I want because I don't know a specific page number (a 20-year old overlook!).  I did manage to get about ten English parish register images for my Richman and Vaux families, which was my primary goal today.  I also was able to find the John Horton book written by Margaret Weiler and copy some pages from the book.  Then I struck out finding a will for David Auble in Vigo County, Indiana...he may have died intestate - that's another microfilm lookup to be made.

I knid of like this photo - the "light at the end of the tunnel" of FHL microfilms is the computer with FamilySearch record collections on it.

The Library was pretty full today because of the RootsTech conferees.  I am always surprised how many people there are on the computer systems, with the free access to many of the world's commercial genealogy databases.

I was able to meet some new people - Kelvin Meyers and Michael Hait for instance, and renew acquaintances with many others at the library.  It was fun to talk to Russ Worthington, Harold Henderson, Jan Davenport, David I can't remember all of them.

Tonight is the Blogger dinner hosted by FamilySearch, so I may or may not have a report for you later tonight.

Tomorrow is the first day of the RootsTech 2013 Conference, and it starts for me at 7:30 a.m. with an exhibit hall tour, followed by the Keynote talks (some of the geneabloggers are in the front row).

The Keynote talks, and a number of other talks, will be livestreamed on the RootsTech website - see  The schedule for Thursday is (times are PDT, add 3 for EST, add 7 for GMT):

7:30 AMKeynote – Dennis Brimhall, Syd Lieberman, Josh Taylor
10:00 AMThe Future of Genealogy - Thomas MacEntee and panel
12:45 PMTell it Again (Story@Home) - Kim Weitkamp
2:00 PMThe Genealogists Gadget Bag - Jill Ball and panel
3:15 PMFinding the Obscure and Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web - James Tanner

This livestreaming is an excellent way to virtually attend this conference - be sure to tune in and enjoy a day of genealogy education.

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1 comment:

RickK said...

"...locked into the Family History Library overnight" would be a dream come true for me.